Dakota Koski

Executive Director

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy traveling to Mexico during our cold winters, going to the hunting shack and hunting grouse and deer as well as four wheeling. I have a passion for mentoring. I like going to movies, playing games, and going on adventures with the youth I mentor, and have mentored over the years. I like trying my hand at cooking when I have the time as well. I have many aunts, uncles, and cousins that I spend time with. I host Wilderness Hockey Players every year and with that comes many hockey games at Northwoods Credit Union Area.

What do you bring to REACH?I have 2 degrees, one in Business Management and one in Marketing. This education has helped guide me in running the program. I first started in this program as a mentor, then and board member, prior to becoming the Executive Director. I also sit on the Northwoods Credit Union Board and have gained quite a bit of financial knowledge through this that I can bring back to REACH.

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Anne Marie Parish

Program Coordinator

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to travel and have visited every continent except Africa and Antarctica–(they are on the bucket list). I enjoying reading, watching documentaries, listening to vinyl records, shopping for vintage clothes and accessories, and trying to track down the illusive gluten-free donut. I like being physically active and regularly engage in pilates, fitness classes, and running.

What do you bring to REACH? I am a creative, engaged, and resourceful youth development advocate and REACH Program Coordinator. I have a multi-faceted background that includes a M.Ed. in Education from St. Catherine University and a M.Ed. in Youth Development from the University of Minnesota. I have intensive international and domestic experiences working with youth in a variety of cultures and communities; and am committed to fostering authentic youth voice in the Carlton County community. I work with REACH on mentor training development and implementation, mentor and mentee intake, management, and capacity building; grant writing, school and community service-learning collaborations, and strengthening REACH’s youth leaders’ community of practice.

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Tax Preparer
Muckala and Werhan CPA

Melanie Koski

REACH Office Manager

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hiking and four wheeling.

What do you bring to REACH? Tax and accounting experience. A desire to show kids they are important and of great value to our community.

Promise Fellow
MN Alliance with Youth

Mackenzie Bassett

REACH Promise Fellow

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love doing things outdoors whether that’s fishing, four wheeling, hiking etc. I love cooking and baking, especially for my family. I love spending a lot of time with family and friends. I like spending time with the youth I work with at D&D, summer programs, movie days and other activities. I also love just spending a day inside watching movies, listening to music, reading and drinking coffee.

What do you bring to REACH?

I am the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow for REACH but before this I was one of the founders of the Students Offering Support group. I was also a mentor in the program and helped facilitate many of REACH’s summer activities and SOS conferences. I have also presented with REACH at MACMA which is the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. I feel that I also bring new ideas, a hard-working attitude, and a young person’s view on things REACH.

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